Saturday November 19, 2011 Day 15 Finished Tulloch Caledonian Stadium

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  1. Celtic win to close gap on Rangers

    Celtic win to close gap on Rangers

    Anthony Stokes scored his eighth goal in eight games as Celtic completed a 2-0 away win against 10-man Inverness Caley Thistle in the SPL. More

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    Time:90'
    • Inverness Caledonian Thistle
    • Celtic
    • 90+2' There goes the final whistle. All over. A 2-0 win for Celtic. They close to within nine points of Rangers at the top of the SPL.
    • 90+1' Two minutes to be added.
    • 89' Shinnie booked for a late foul on McCourt.
    • 88' Hayes penalised for a late tackle on Hooper. Celtic with another free-kick from some way out.
    • 87' Terry Butcher was far from happy at the break about the red card. He is going to be none too pleased at the full-time.
    • 86' Eight goals in eight games now for Stokes. He had six in seven coming into this one. No big deal. Celtic have the three points in the bag.
    • 85' Matthews picks out Commons in space, but he can only lift the volley over the bar. Chance, but can't convert.
    • 84' Commons is wheeled on to take over from Forrest.
    • 83' More decent play involving Hooper and Stokes before Hoggs clear. Another change coming for Celtic.
    • 82' Hayes thumps a shot at goal from distance, but straight down the throat of Forster.
    • 81' Matthews slips in Forrest with the ball down the line before Inverness clear. Time running out for the home side.
    • 80' Proctor replaces Tade for the home team.
    • 79' Tade departs to be replaced by Sutherland for Inverness.
    • 78' Hayes fells Kayal, and there is going to be a change coming for Inverness.
    • 77' Appeals for a penalty as Foran is tackled by Ledley. Didn't look much in that the referee waves play on.
    • 76' Davis challenges Ledley, but no free-kick. Celtic back on the ball seconds later. The visiting side collect the loose ball.
    • 75' Forrest goes beyond Shinnie only to overhit the cross before Ki's shot is charged down by Tokely.
    • 74' An eighth goal in seven games now for Stokes, who is on fire at the moment. A fine drilled volley.
    • 73' GOAL! Stokes nets for Celtic. Superb finish from the Irishman. Ball broke to him from Forrest's initial shot, and that is a terrific finish. Game over surely.
    • 72' Hayes plays in Gillet, but he is guilty of sloppy play as he is deemed to be offside.
    • 71' Stokes on the dash for Celtic as the visitors continue to press forwards with some relish.
    • 70' McCourt replaces El Kaddouri for the visiting side.
    • 69' Foran can't keep the ball in out wide. The Celtic fans in party mood behind a goal, but there is work to be done in this match with the score at 1-0.
    • 68' Tansey back in his club shirt and blazer. Looking on from the side with some disbelief. That red card has changed the nature of this game.
    • 67' El Kaddouri and Tade battle for the loose ball. El Kaddouri is booked for foul play.
    • 66' Esson makes an excellent stop to nudge the ball over the bar from Stokes' shot. Celtic suddenly in the mood.
    • 65' Hooper plays in Kayal, but just overhits the pass. A 10th goal of the season for him. Ledley on the charge for Celtic before Tokely tackles Stokes. Celtic with the corner.
    • 64' First real move of quality for Celtic in this match brings about the first goal. Seven goals now in as many games for Stokes.
    • 63' GOAL! Stokes scores for Celtic. Superb move from the visiting side. A one-two with Forrest and Hooper, who squares for Stokes to net with the keeper exposed.
    • 62' Meekings with the long free-kick. Tade challenges Forster, but the keeper takes the ball with some ease.
    • 61' 6,435 watching this match in Inverness. Majstorovic is booked for a late challenge on Tade. Poor challenge really.
    • 60' Shinnie misses the initial delivery at the near post, but Stokes can't convert the loose ball as Esson collects.
    • 59' Davis tackles Ledley and Celtic earn themselves another corner to be taken by Ki.
    • 58' Davis halting the run of Kayal as Celtic looking to try and break down Inverness.
    • 57' Samaras departs to be replaced by Ki Sung-Yueng.
    • 56' Tokely clears the ball from Matthews. Matthews goes with the long throw, but El Kaddouri fails to pick out Ledley seconds later as Esson collects.
    • 55' Hayes drops in a low cross, but straight through to Forster in the Celtic goal.
    • 54' Foran goes in late on Majstorovic. Late tackle, and he is booked for the high boot.
    • 53' Lennon looking none too pleased with what he is watching. Celtic lacking any real width as they seek to grab this first goal of the day.
    • 52' Hayes smacks the shot at goal. Bit of a deflection, but easy take for Forster in the visiting goal.
    • 51' Shinnie caught by Majstorovic. Free-kick to the home side from 30 yards out.
    • 50' Samaras drives an effort at goal from outside of the area, but screws the shot wide of the target. Goalkick to the home side.
    • 49' Celtic keeping the ball. Inverness with everybody behind the ball as Shinnie tackles Hooper.
    • 48' Tade bundles his way through on goal beyond Wanyama, but Forster well positioned to clutch the ball and deal with the danger.
    • 47' Matthews across early on in the half to make the tackle on Hayes.
    • 46' Celtic get the second half off and running.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. 0-0, but Inverness down to 10 men before the second period.
    • 45' One minute to be added to the half.
    • 44' Referee Steve O'Reilly's decision the big talking point as the half draws to a close. Few chances in the match so far as Gillet tackles Hooper before rolling the ball back to Esson.
    • 43' Celtic going through the middle as Shinnie wins it. Forrest on the run, but excellent tackle by Hogg to halt him in his tracks.
    • 42' Celtic with three forwards on the park. Glorious chance to get these vital three points. Forster goes short to Swede Majstorovic. Celtic will hope to make their advantage count in the second period.
    • 41' Hayes with the cross from his left, but knocked clear by Wanyama. Inverness fired up as Wanyama makes another timely tackle to win the ball from Davis.
    • 40' Stokes can't keep the ball in out wide. Inverness have a throw-in. Butcher is going to have to shuffle his pack. Samaras went down like he was caught by Mike Tyson. Minimal contact.
    • 39' Referee was not well positioned to make that call. Stokes with the free-kick, but miles over the bar with that one. Celtic now with the one-man advantage.
    • 38' That was never a red card. Poor decision by the referee. Was a booking at most. That could be a huge decision by the match official.
    • 37' RED CARD FOR TANSEY! Right arm was in the air and he caught Samaras late. A harsh call there. No elbow, and he is off. Inverness down to 10.
    • 36' Samaras with the header on, but thumped away by Hogg. Davis then picks the pocket of Samaras.
    • 35' Celtic building from the back. Wanyama enjoying a fine match for Celtic today. Very powerful and reads the game well in helping out his back line.
    • 34' Shinnie not happy after flying into a late tackle on Forrest. Again, could have been a booking, but no card from the whistler.
    • 33' Tokely lucky to avoid a booking for a cynical foul out wide. Matthews with the delivery from the dead ball, but an easy enough take for Esson in the home goal.
    • 32' Terry Butcher (Inverness): "It is nice and hot here. It is a very even game so far, but if we are a bit more controlled in the final third we can make a few more chances."
    • 31' Stokes sees a challenge blocked by Meekings. Fine defending with Essson exposed. So close to the opening goal.
    • 30' Majstorovic challenges Tade, who is down on the deck and in need of a spot of treatment. Should be ok though.
    • 29' Kayal brings down Foran with a late tackle. No surprise there. He is booked again for a late one.
    • 28' Forster comes out to collect the loose ball. Celtic not having this their own way today, but it was never going to be plain sailing.
    • 27' Hooper taken down by Hogg, and that is going to be a booking for the Inverness player.
    • 26' Tade ran the ball out before crossing. Inverness really flying into the tackles. Not giving Celtic any peace out there.
    • 25' Tade gave Majstorovic the slip out wide, but the Swede gets back to clear the cross of Meekings seconds later.
    • 24' Both teams with two shots apiece at the visiting goal. Celtic just narrowly shading possession as Inverness look to get forward.
    • 23' Matthews drills the free-kick in. Stokes goes for goal, but his shot is charged down. Difficult from the edge of the area.
    • 22' Samaras to El Kaddouri. Hooper then passes to Kayal. Gillet takes down Forrest, and the visitors have a free-kick out wide.
    • 21' All very even at the moment as Matthews tries to chip a ball down the line, but cut out by a home shirt.
    • 20' Davis chips the ball over the top for Foran, but he goes too early and is deemed to be offisde.
    • 19' Super save by Forster! Hayes gets the shot at goal, but the Celtic keeper dives to his right to make the stop. Warning for the visitors.
    • 18' Kayal tries to play a long ball through the middle into the path of Stokes, but far too much juice on the pass as Esson takes without too much bother.
    • 17' Referee wanting a word with Kayal. Matthews on the deck needing a spot of treatment.
    • 16' Matthews with the delivery, but poor delivery as Foran heads clear at the near post.
    • 15' Forrest tries to beat Gillet. Tackled and Celtic earn a second corner of the match.
    • 14' Gillet with a long free-kick from the back, but a bit of pushing in the visiting area by Foran and Celtic have a free-kick.
    • 13' Stokes gets goalside of Tokely. Bad defending by the Inverness man, but Stokes fires the shot straight at Essson. Decent chance for the Celtic striker.
    • 12' Hayes hangs up a ball to the back post. Decent delivery, but too much air under the ball as Forster comes to collect the high ball.
    • 11' Hayes goes beyond El Kaddouri like he is invislble. Dangerous cross, but Wanyama takes no chances as he heads the ball out.
    • 10' Poor, poor play by Stokes to scamper clear. Should have played in Forrest, but hesistates with the ball and the chance is lost as Hooper overhits a pass to Forrest.
    • 9' Hayes closing down El Kaddouri. Sharp play by him as Celtic try to launch a counter attack.
    • 8' Davis with the delivery to the back post. Met by Samaras, but he can't get a clean header at goal before Inverness hack the ball clear.
    • 7' Ledley closed down by Davis, and Celtic earn their first corner of the day.
    • 6' Caley with the worst defensive record in the SPL having shipped 28 goals. Have also scored a reasonable 19 times.
    • 5' Davis thumps a shot at goal from 25 yards out, but pings the effort well wide of goal. Disappointing finish, and on we go.
    • 4' Kayal hammers a shot from outside the box, but the ball is always rising and Inverness have a goalkick.
    • 3' Hogg wins the ball from Stokes before rolling it back to Esson, who in turn hammers it long down the park.
    • 2' Gorgeous day for football. Matthews picks the ball up, but gives it away under pressure from Foran.
    • 1' We are off and running in Inverness. Inverness get the action underway.
    • 12.25 Full teams: Inverness CT: Esson, Gillet, Hogg, Meekings, Tokely, Tansey, Hayes, Andrew Shinnie, Davis, Tade, Foran..subs: Tuffey, Ross, Proctor, Morrison, Sutherland, Graeme Shinnie, Chippendale////Celtic: Forster, Matthews, El Kaddouri, Majstorovic, Ledley, Kayal, Wanyama, Forrest, Stokes, Samaras, Hooper..subs: Zaluska, Commons, Ki, McCourt, Fraser, McGeouch, Filip Twardzik////Referee: Stevie O'Reilly (Scotland)
    • 12.20 "Three points is on our mind. It is important we win the game," said Neil Lennon, who is unhappy with the hamstring injury Cha Du Ri picked up on international duty with South Korea. "We just seem to be going through a phase of picking up these injuries. I’m not happy with the way some of the players are treated when they go away on international duty, but that’s for another day.”
    • 12.15 Odds for today: Inverness (7/1) Celtic (1/2) Draw (18/5) Celtic favourites for a win, but they have struggled up in the capital of the Highlands on previous occasions. Their 3-2 loss to Inverness in May was the result that cost them the SPL title last term.
    • 12.10 Celtic team: Forster; Matthews, Wanyama, Majstorovic, El Kaddouri; Forrest, Kayal, Ledley, Samaras; Hooper, Stokes..subs: Zaluska, Commons, Ki, McCourt, Fraser, McGeouch, F. Twardzik
    • 12.05 Neil Lennon (Celtic): (on the issue of fans singing political songs): "I have to say that 99 per cent of our supporters are second to none, they have a fantastic reputation and they do themselves and the club credit, but it is something that is not doing us any favours, not just on the domestic stage but on the European stage. I would appeal to those people to just stop it now and add to the colour and atmosphere that they always do. It is important that the club's reputation is maintained."
    • 12.00 Terry Butcher (Inverness Caledonian Thistle): "The players have been fantastic this week. They seem to have gained more confidence and belief. There's an extra zip and urgency about them, the touch seems to have improved, the finishing is improving, all because of that confident feeling that we will climb the table and pick up more points and score more goals."
    • 11.55 Celtic manager Neil Lennon revealed striker Mo Bangura may require surgery on a knee injury that keeps him out again for their trip to Inverness. Midfielder Joe Ledley returns from a calf injury but defender Cha Du-ri is set to miss out with a hamstring complaint picked up on international duty with South Korea and midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is a doubt after recovering from illness. Defenders Charlie Mulgrew (hamstring) and Glenn Loovens (hamstring) are still out.
    • 11.50 Inverness have several players back in contention for the SPL clash against Celtic. Chris Hogg and Thomas Piermayr return from suspension while Lee Cox and Nick Ross have overcome minor injuries. Owain Tudur Jones (knee) and Aaron Doran (shoulder) remain out.
    • 11.45 Good morning and welcome to LIVE coverage of Inverness v Celtic in the Scottish Premier League at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. The match kicks off at 12.30pm.
  • Summary

    • 85' Matthews picks out Commons in space, but he can only lift the volley over the bar. Chance, but can't convert.
    • 73' GOAL! Stokes nets for Celtic. Superb finish from the Irishman. Ball broke to him from Forrest's initial shot, and that is a terrific finish. Game over surely.
    • 66' Esson makes an excellent stop to nudge the ball over the bar from Stokes' shot. Celtic suddenly in the mood.
    • 63' GOAL! Stokes scores for Celtic. Superb move from the visiting side. A one-two with Forrest and Hooper, who squares for Stokes to net with the keeper exposed.
    • 37' RED CARD FOR TANSEY! Right arm was in the air and he caught Samaras late. A harsh call there. No elbow, and he is off. Inverness down to 10.
    • 31' Stokes sees a challenge blocked by Meekings. Fine defending with Essson exposed. So close to the opening goal.
    • 19' Super save by Forster! Hayes gets the shot at goal, but the Celtic keeper dives to his right to make the stop. Warning for the visitors.
    • 13' Stokes gets goalside of Tokely. Bad defending by the Inverness man, but Stokes fires the shot straight at Essson. Decent chance for the Celtic striker.
    • 10' Poor, poor play by Stokes to scamper clear. Should have played in Forrest, but hesistates with the ball and the chance is lost as Hooper overhits a pass to Forrest.
    • 12.25 Full teams: Inverness CT: Esson, Gillet, Hogg, Meekings, Tokely, Tansey, Hayes, Andrew Shinnie, Davis, Tade, Foran..subs: Tuffey, Ross, Proctor, Morrison, Sutherland, Graeme Shinnie, Chippendale////Celtic: Forster, Matthews, El Kaddouri, Majstorovic, Ledley, Kayal, Wanyama, Forrest, Stokes, Samaras, Hooper..subs: Zaluska, Commons, Ki, McCourt, Fraser, McGeouch, Filip Twardzik////Referee: Stevie O'Reilly (Scotland)
    • 12.10 Celtic team: Forster; Matthews, Wanyama, Majstorovic, El Kaddouri; Forrest, Kayal, Ledley, Samaras; Hooper, Stokes..subs: Zaluska, Commons, Ki, McCourt, Fraser, McGeouch, F. Twardzik

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